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in this location and just a short time ago was the secretary of homeland security, janet napolitano, and she explained why getting help has taken so long. >> we have been prioritizing getting generators to places like hospitals and nursing homes where the needs are greatest. places where, for example, our first responder cars need to be able to fill up with gasoline so they need pumps there, generator pumps to pump the gasoline so the fire trucks and police cars still operate. so that has been the focus for the first couple of days. >> the situation here, though, still dire. right now the death toll just on staten island alone, 20 lives, many expect that as this recovery effort continues, the death toll is only going to increase. >> david lee miller with the harsh reality on staten island tonight. the storm destroyed many businesses up and down the coast and there's no telling yet how many people are out of work as a result. but the feed to released the final monthly employment report before the storm. it shows companies added more than 170,000 jobs last month, but at the same time the unemp
york metro area. tomorrow, janet napolitano will join fema in staten island, new york, for a first-hand look of the damage there. transportation secretary ray lahood will go to new jersey to help with the recovery effort there. >>> almost everyone back to school and work in our area. still one delay. pendleton county schools on a two-hour delay this morning. the county had to deal with days of power outages following the storm. good morning, welcome to news 4 today. >> and it is friday, november 2, 2012. a live look out over the nation's capital this morning. 44 degrees outside our studios, we're in for a chilly stretch of weather. >> tom kieran with more on the forecast. >> this is what sandy is doing. drawing cold air down from canada bringing in this unusual chill for early november. it does feel more like a winter morning. you will need your winter coat. the little specks of again, getting a few scattered sprinkles, not as widespread as they were yesterday. out over the panhandle of west virginia and maryland. some places getting a few snow flurries and areas in dark blue, only
as possible. homeland security secretary janet napolitano and fema's deputy ahead men straighter will visit staten island today. >>> some utility crews being turned away. crews from alabama headed to help get the power back on in sandy-ravaged jersey shore. these are pictures of the crews. they can't do any work there since they are not union employees. adding to the frustration, they even got a call asking for help in seaside heights, new jersey. workers are now headed to new york to help with recovery efforts there. >>> massive flooding in new england towns raising concerns as well. bridgeport, connecticut, basements of hundreds of homes were flooded. now all that soming wet belongings, all of those belongings that can't be salvaged are lining the streets and some residents say musty garbage and sewage brought to the surface by flooding is making them sick. >>> first responders to our area will head to parts of west virginia that got pounded with snow during the storm earlier this week. six vehicles from the capital region of the american red cross headed to the mountainous terrain of wes
knew what on benghazi. judge napolitano on that next. massive chunk of atlantic city famed boardwalk simply washed away in the storm. we'll have that next. [ female announcer ] you can make macaroni & cheese without freshly-made pasta. you could also cut corners by making it without 100% real cheddar cheese. but then...it wouldn't be stouffer's mac & cheese. just one of over 70 satisfying recipes for one from stouffer's. >> steve: look at that. debris flying as sandy battered atlantic city yesterday. check out the aftermath of waves crashing ashore. that is what is left of the historic boardwalk. it is now completely destroyed. steve is there right now. steve, as the sun comes up they will try to figure out what went wrong, right? >> well, i can tell you a little what went wrong. i am standing on the atlantic boardwalk inside of somebody's house. the it came and broke in the house. big pile of boards here. we are not talking just planks but the heavy stuff. look at these two cars. it looks like a car accident. but still windy and a lot of damage and a lot of sand in the street. up to
janet napolitano plans on surveying the area today. >> gretchen: tragic photo of that mother with her husband who went for help and apparently people did not help her when she tried to find the kids . she rode out the storm outside. you would think that the politicians and president and mayor of new york, it would be rescue mission and getting these people back to homes and getting them fed, nope, instead unbelievablably the new york city mara thon goes on sunday. most important picture on the cover of the new york post the gen rators are putting electricity to tents in central park instead of the entire area of staten island or long island. that area has no power or home or shelter, nothing. >> steve: it is here in new york city and streets of midtown are fill would of people who are here for the mara thon that is here this weekend. and politicians said why didn't they cancel it. we understand millions of dollars come in the city. but still, we have people in the water in new york city. it is the worst storm to ever hit new york city, eric, why is it going on? if rudy guiliani was th
in with that much-needed aid after days of criticism. janet napolitano promised that there would be more aid flowing in and a lot more help. meantime, across new york's harbor to lower manhattan, the power is slowly being restored to areas that have been darkened all week since sandy's storm moved in and subway surf vis is slowly coming back online after the tunnels were flooded. and all around jersey's shore, new york's governor chris christie -- new jersey's governor chris christie is warning folks before they go back home of the devastation they may see and many of the homes they are hoping to get to may not even be there. >>> once again, here's erica. >> if you want food or gasoline in the northeast, you should be prepared to wait in line. lines that are sometimes miles long. katie is live outside a gas station. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. you are going to wait and wait and wait. we are on 44th street here in manhattan. the line yesterday reached all the way down to 14th street. you cannot even see all the cars that went down from here. 26 new york city blocks. this morning, it is m
they could ever have imagined in their lifetimes. the secretary of homeland security, janet napolitano, and fema's deputy administrator scheduled to arrive in staten island. the new york city borough where 19 people died because of the storm. many residents there are feeling desperate. they're feeling overlooked, and they're getting angry, saying they've received little emergency aid. nbc's ann curry spent the day there yesterday. >> every single person on this block lost everything. >> reporter: staten island has had enough. >> we just want everyone to know that we are hurting down here, and we need help immediately. >> reporter: residents here are asking why hasn't more help arrived? >> i think that we're not getting the attention because we are, you know, a working-class neighborhood and kind of just like fend for yourself kind of thing. >> reporter: on the debris-strewn streets of this community where the death toll has risen to at least 19, fury and frustration played out on live television. >> but you need to come here and help us. we need assistance, please. >> reporter: staten
napolitano and craig fugate and john brennan. the follows some of the briefings the president has been getting over the weekend. he also went over to fema headquarters where he had a chance to get a firsthand glimpse of what the federal government was doing to stay on top of this hurricane. again, the president promising that the federal government will help states in any way possible, as you know. so far, eight states have been declared states of emergency by this president, including the district of columbia. and that frees up some federal dollars to help them not only during the storm but also in the clean-up effort. >> dan, we're still a week away from a national election. this is not going away. what about the early voting? what about the efforts of people to do the in-person early voting state to state? >> reporter: well, obviously that is a concern. not only on the voting end of it but these are key battleground states that the president really wanted to be in in these final days before the election where the race is neck and neck. so you pointed out, the president was supposed
. and so the order needs to be given. i had a conversation just yesterday with secretary napolitano and fema administrator and told them to expedite the order to get the crews in to do the removal of debris. >> the president said he wanted to make sure to get rid of red tape so are you still encounters red tape? >> up until now most federal resources have been on a search and rescue mission and that's what should have happened. the first obligation of the federal government is to save lives and make sure everybody's accounted for. as that phase windes down, the second phase in my view is restoration of power and based on the briefing i received today there needs to be a focus on that. i have called on the secretary of homeland security, the administrator of fema and others to focus on that. >> congressman steve israel, thank you so very much. good luck to the people in your district as you continue your tour. >> thank you. >> that does it for us. my colleague tamron hall has a look at what's next. hi, tamron. >> hi, andrea. we are following breaking news. president obama is now in n
with the homeland security secretary today, janet napolitano. >> yes. >> are you worried about new york given in a sense it's vulnerable right now. >> listen, i have great faith in new york and commissioner kelly and mayor bloomberg, but no, we have to be concerned. this is the most devastating natural disaster to hit new york, the subway system is shut down, bridges and tunnels shut down. i was born and raised in new york city, my father was a city cop for over 30 years, never underestimate the spirit and vitality of new york. new york will come back stronger than ever. >> it sure will. i believe that and i think everyone around the world is rooting for that, too. chairman thank you four why are time. >>> still to come we showed you the president touring the damage caused by sandy with new jersey governor chris christie. the governor had a lot of praise for the president. could the president's response affect election day? >>> and the loss of power created a very strange sight around our truck. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living yo
sure there will be requests for emergency aid in response. janet napolitano has been available. the head of fema has been on a conference call every single day on the emergency response. ray lahood has been coordinating the response for the transportation system. i am sure there will be requests for infrastructure, for people. it is a disaster beyond belief. there has to be a commission to look at ways we can try to prevent this in the future. in new york, a lot of infrastructure was in the basements of buildings. in hospitals, they have these huge electrical systems and phone systems in the basement. it is all destroyed with salt water. in nyu medical, the smell was almost unbelievable. the combination of this type of electric communication systems rotting. everywhere you see on a lower east side, the palms are working trying to push water out. fema and the national guard and the federal government are moving to hundred generators to manhattan -- moving to hundred generators to manhattan to help back up the pump system to get water out of our communications network. we have ov
napolitano, she called me when i was at a home, believe it the no a 9/11 mother who lost two sons, her home was devastated. and janet call made at time, she spoke to the mother. fema's implanted in the police emergency command center. we have fema right there doing outstanding job. right now, helping us go door-to-door to locate people that might be missing, trying to locate more fuel to come in and then also, setting up a location in suffolk county, nassau county, community college, a school in lindenhurst where people can go, it's an all-purpose center run by fema and the counties, which will provide emergency assistance, whether it's housing, whether it's aid to rebuild homes. right now the main thing is restore people's power because colder weather's coming. you have many people or senior citizens who are either living -- lost their homes or living in homes absolutely no power whatsoever. and that's having an impact, impact on gasoline. there's believe it or not, it's hard to find atm machines because the port of new york's been closed. there's a short of food new york refrigerati refri
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island has been getting. we got breaking news. we just got word that janet napolitano is going to visit staten island tomorrow. people expressing a lot of concern about the response. still ahead, we remember the victims of the storm. some of them we're learning more and more about some of those whose lives were lost, and the faces and names of this tragedy. the lives they lady. we'll remember them and pay tribute to their lives that ended suddenly when sandy struck. [ male announcer ] whether it's kevin's smartphone... ♪ ...mom's smartphone... dad's tablet... or lauren's smartphone... at&t has a plan built to help make families' lives easier. introducing at&t mobile share. one plan lets you share data on up to 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. add a tablet for only $10 per month. at&t. to bring you a low-priced medicare prescription drug plan. ♪ with a low national plan premium... ♪ ...and copays as low as one dollar... ♪ ...saving on your medicare prescriptions is easy. ♪ so you're free to focus on the things that really matter. call humana at 1-800-808-4003. or go to
napolitano along with fema's deputy administrator will arrive on staten island later today. three navy war ships are anchored off the northeast coast to help with the relief effort now. utility vehicles have been brought in on utility planes from the west coast to give power companies some help and some 50,000 utility workers are being deployed from across the country. new jersey secretary of state meanwhile announced thursday that military trucks are being deployed to operate as polling places on election day in communities that remain without power. amtrak will offer limited service between new york city and boston today. the new york city subway system is slowly coming back to life. the m-train, which links queens to manhattan actually started running. manhattan remains in the dark. with little mass transit folks are turning to their cars and you know what that means. lots of gas lines. they extend for miles. according to the most recent report from triple-a, of the gas stations it monitors roughly 60% of stations in new jersey and 70% on long island were closed thursday. both of new je
borough president called the response a disgrace. homeland security secretary janet napolitano will visit the borrow and the red cross is sending ten trucks for release. might have eclipsed what could have been a hurdle for president obama. the october unemployment report. as it turns out, last month was a strong one for job creation. the labor department said 171,000 jobs were added last month, the unemployment rate ticked to 7.9%, but remained under 8% which is key for the president. in a move that surprised exactly no one, both campaigns tried to spin the news this morning. governor romney said this in wisconsin. >> he said he was going to lower the unemployment rate down to 5.2%. today we learned it's 7.9%, that's 9 million jobs short of what he promised. >> speaking in ohio the president highlighted the spike in job creation. >> and today our businesses have created nearly 5.5 million new jobs and this morning we learned that companies hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> joining us now, from washington, the man with all the answers, cnbc's amma
-- >> secretary napolitano came today? >> she came today. i met her at the airport. nice conversation with her on the way to the field and things are looking up. we have all kinds of -- in fact, i have a whole team of fema people. the deputy sleeping in my office. i got cots there. i got a whole team. >> i feel bad that we weren't here sooner because we were so focused on new jersey and queens and all the other places. but you come here and i mean, my god, it's unbelievable. >> you know my frustration. >> yeah. >> the frustration that i have when i didn't have no help, no support, what it was doing to me. it was killing me. that's why i spoke out, got angry. >> that's what it took. it made a difference. it's frustrating that it took you yelling yesterday morning to start to get people to pay attention. thank god you did. >> right. you see the damage here. >> yeah. what do you make, you know, you walk around here and there was like a motorcycle group here handing out food. there's a blind woman here on this street with her dog handing out food to people. >> no surprise to me. no surprise to me.
janet napolitano made her way around the relief center shaking hands and giving hugs offering words of encouragement to residents. anyone in need could choose from stacks of bottled water, meals ready to eat, toilet paper, diapers, coats, shoes and baby clothes. >> here in staten island we just came back from visiting a shelter where many people are getting food and clothing and help, but they have lost everything and it is just absolutely heartbreaking. >> i think it's fair to say that staten island is among the hardest hit, you know. new jersey has been hard hit. other places in new york. i'm going to go to west virginia tomorrow. they have a different sort of storm, a lot of snow, but i would put staten island right near the top. >> reporter: right now i'm at a red cross relief site behind a high school here on staten island. i'll show you some of the activity. it is just buzzing and has been buzzing all day long with people who have lost everything who have come here looking for clothing, for hot food, for water, anything that will help make their lives just a little better. we
wagner. he joining us live from staten island. homeland security secretary janet napolitano on the ground there late today touring the devastation, we understand. >> reporter: she was, will. she held a news briefing here a while ago. after her remarks, they opened it up for questions, and i asked her immediately, madame secretary, of all the damage you have seen from hurricane sandy, what is the worse and where does staten island rank in she said staten island ranks among the worse at the. to let me show what you is going here and this is the relief center. they set up a relief center for within gone who needs to come and make anything to make their lives bet or staten island. there is bottled water, hot foods, drinks, dry goods, cereal. many things in your pantry, toilet paper, diapers, clothing, meals ready to eat, coats, shoes, baby clothes. seeing people here coming through, trying on coats and shoes. any. when you go through staten island, you will see that there is a lot of belongings that have been taken out of homes. it's saturated by water and is on the sidewalks. during the news
napolitano will visit today. staten island is where the new york marathon will start on sunday. more subway service returning to manhattan, but not below 42nd street where power is still out in wide parts of the city south of that parallel. city officials say they may have to evacuate the marine life from the massive new york city aquarium based in brooklyn. the death toll from the storm nearing the 100 mark. despite the damage in atlantic city, that town's famous casinos are open again and they are conflicting reports about when power will be restored in manhattan. hundreds of thousands still in the dark but con ed hopes to have them back online this weekend. >>> pse&g, new jersey's largest utility, still has 1 million customers without power. the company has 60 switching stations. workers have been scrambling to clean them up. a team at the essex switching station in newark has been working for 48 straight hours. it is painstaking work as you can see right there. >> to the lowest level they're taking every little screw out of a terminal strip, cleaning the terminal strip with a wire brush
you, both. >>> homeland security secretary janet napolitano is in the northeast today to assess hurricane damage. right now she's in connecticut and will be meeting with the governor. later on, she'll head here to new york city. the travel gridlock nationwide from sandy is finally starting to ease up a bit. laguardia airport opened this morning in new york. 600 flights have been canceled today nationwide. right now newark liberty airport has the most cancellation. amtrak service to and from new york is expected to resume tomorrow but on a limited schedule. and parts of new york's crippled is upway system started rolling today. trains at undamaged stations started up at 6:00 a.m. >>> a select number of subway lines in new york city are up and running again this morning. but millions are still without power on this long road to recovery from hurricane sandy. take a look at some new and chilling images. these are from the jersey shore. so many homes destroyed. the entire beach front completely washed out in many towns. the storm is responsible, we're told, for at least 74 deaths. m
napolitano and top fema officials will visit staten island today to get a look at the devastation there caused by hurricane sandy. yesterday police found the bodies of two young boys, ages 2 and 4, who got swept away by floodwaters. their mother says she begged a man in a nearby house for help but he wouldn't come outside or let her in. the homeowner says he thought there was a man outside his door. >> he didn't ask to come in. he asked me to come out and help him. >> did you help him? >> what could i do to help him? i'm wearing the same clothes. i have these shorts on. i had a pair of shorts on with flip-flops and i was going to come out -- >> you did not see a woman and two children? >> no, sir. >> you saw a man? >> yes, sir. >> allen said after he heard the noise from outside he sat with his back against the kitchen door all night long. >>> clint eastwood talking about his empty chair speech at the republican national convention, where he dressed down an invisible president obama. that empty chair. last night sean hannity from fox news asked eastwood where that magical idea cam
's death from superstorm sandy happened on staten island. homeland secretary janet napolitano is going there today, where people say they're suffering and not getting enough help. anna werner, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. as you stand on this street in staten island you can clearly see the path of destruction wrought by hurricane sandy. cars picked up and tossed like toys. that continues throughout the neighborho neighborhood. many residents say they feel ignored. some residents of staten island have started calling it the forgotten burrough. across storm-ravaged staten island, frustrations are mounting. >> we're going to die! we're going to freeze! we've got 90-year-old people. >> reporter: residents are outraged, claiming their community has been ignored in the days following sandy while aid pours in to other parts of new york and new jersey. >> they don't talk about them that much. a lot of people here are hurting much it's upsetting. >> reporter: power is out. hundreds of homes have been destroyed and dozens of streets are impassable. still, the city is planning to go a
of his cabinet members, janet napolitano has been here on the ground. everybody that i've been reporting on has said, down at the local level, that this makes a big difference. it gets the -- it gets the bureaucracy moving. if he did nothing else, he certainly made that happen. >> will this, errol, have any real effect as we go into tuesday and actually as early voting continues considering that chris christie delivered the keynote address at mitt romney's convention? is there,going to turn into a real numbers change for the president? >> there may be a slight advantage to the president, but it won't be because chris christie, you know, hugged him and had nice things to say about him. it will be because a lot of people will not be voting. there are a lot of people who are just going to be out of it. here in new york, all up and down the coast of new jersey, there are going to be a lot of people with much, much more on their minds than anything related to casting a vote. i think depending on where you're talking about, in new york city as least, these have been some of the most conservati
of new york city's deaths happened on staten island. secretary of state janet napolitano will be there today. anna werner is there. >> reporter: good morning. homes are destroyed. the storm threw cars like toys. that's what it looks like all down this street yet many residents say they believe they've been ignored. some residents of staten island have started calling it the forgotten borough. across storm-ravaged staten island, frustrations are mounting. >> we could have died! we couldn't breathe! we've got 90-year-old people. >> reporter: residents are outraged, claiming their community has been ignored in the days following sandy while aid pours into other parts of new york and new jersey. >> a lot of people are here. a lot of people are hurting. so, it's upsetting. >> reporter: power is out. hundreds of homes have been destroyed and dozens of streets are impassable. still, the city is planning to go ahead with its annual marathon, which kicks off on staten island's verrazano bridge sunday. >> we're far from fine. the fact the mayor wants to have a marathon this weekend
and who doesn't? all rise, judge andrew napolitano is here, i don't-- >> you never give me the easy ones. . [laughter] >> you realize of course, that if gas stations were allowed to charge what they wanted to charge, and to, to get rid of the gas lines, there would be a revolution, you realize that. >> do you realize that if buyers were willing to pay what they agreed to pay, there'd be enough gas to go around. which is a better al locator of resources especially when they're scarce, the government or the free world. stuart: i understand entirely you're talking principle, economic principle and you're absolutely right. >> i'm talking practicality. if you go to a supermarket and the example is from our friends at the wall street journal who actually sampled some supermarkets on tuesday in new jersey, you'll see people leaving with shopping carts full of things like cans of tuna, enough cans of tuna to last for two years and has a shelf life for two years, if the free market ajusted the price of tuna, people would buy what they needed for the duration of this crisis and enough to sell to
judge andrew napolitano is here. they were posing questions to governor christie. somebody tried to sort of hit him like are you saying ignore environmental things, you know, that kind of stuff. you know common sense christie saying do the right thing, let's save lives and be smart and forget about all these rules. >> it is an interesting statement he made and an interesting juxtaposition you just showed. you have governor christie on the right of the political spectrum -- spectrum. you have the president on the left of the political spectrum, they are both saying forget the red tape, do what you need to do to save lives. which is probably what most people would do. the press conference, which i watched, was in front of government officials. they were applauding him when he said forget about the d.e.p., which is department of environmental protection in new jersey which is about as scrutinizing as the kgb was in the old soviet union. charles: this is the question then, do we need these -- the federal government to really be butting in? do we need fema? do we need this sort of overarching
yesterday afternoon. homeland security secretary judge andrew napolitano will travel to new york to survey the damage. she plans to visit the brooklyn battery tunnel which at this hour remains completely flooded. much of new york city still without power. the big apple recovers from the devastating -- new yorkers do it like nobody else. that is your fox news minute. cheryl: thank you very much. a slew of employment numbers ahead of tomorrow's all-important jobs report. weekly jobless claims down 9,000 to 63,000. adp telling us private-sector jobs up to 158,000 but according to challenger, layoffs were up 41%. joining us is george russell, president of the nation's largest staffing firm. what do you make of all these numbers in the jobs picture? >> i see the jobs picture being much more positive than markets. the numbers will be positive over 100,000 gains. unemployment numbers might go up but had bet that means more people putting their names on the rolls to get jobs and we see more jobs out there right now. cheryl: one of the things is staff major events and you work with major corporatio
security, janet napolitano. they're touring the damage to the hugh carey tunnel from brooklyn filled with water. the tunnel remains closed due to flooding from the aftermath of hurricane sandy. we expect them to make comments. we'll bring you those as soon as that happens. you see the picture. they're talking to people and looking what is going on down there so we'll stay on top of that. >>> back to politics in the final days of the election. they are reaching out to voters in several highly contested states. rich edson has the latest. rich, what are you hearing? lori: president obama, governor romney are on the way to next campaign stops. president obama has left wisconsin for nevada. then he is off to colorado. the handful of swing states see awful lot of candidates next five days. the obama campaign aides describe the campaign speeches as the first of his closing arguments stressing his administration has more work to do. the governor romney argues that the president's rhetoric makes it clear he is out of ideas. >> what you're seeing before your very eyes that the campaign is shri
andrew napolitano with us now. >> 88 cents a gallon, state and federal. >> in new york. >> you're right in new york and california, new jersey 30 cents cheaper. those are the two highest, california and new york, and california forget about trejigger the whole environment out there. >> and you're sort after critic of government. how do you feel that government handled the situation? >> now, funny you should say that because i was thinking about that as i was watching governor christie and while people may not always agree with his politics or even agree with his over the top style, i mean, he is the human being in whose hands the law has reposed the authority to make these very difficult decisions and he is making them. and he does have the assets and the resources with which to save human lives and he's using those assets and resources. and in this age we have given to the government the power that once belonged to family and neighborhoods and communities, either we live closer together and we're so big and we're so reliant on government that this is the way we do it today. and i think
andrew napolitano is here. judge, you know what? i said this is actually impressive compared to some of the other ones, and that's not even a joke. but i mean seriously this is heart breaking stuff. >> well, it's heart breaking because it violates basic principles of supply and demand and risk and reward. when the government gives you cash, you almost don't care what happens to it because the government is not a customer. it is going to give you the cash whether you use it properly or not. charles: particularly, if you also know more cash is coming. >> right, right, but if you are in the real marketplace where you have to get money for real investors like you do for your clients, you are going to monitor how every penny is spent. stated differently, the government has no business putting its thumb in the scale and choosing winners and losers in the marketplace. we have been through this odd infinitum. it simply doesn't work. it does create cash flow. it does create the movement of cash for people close to the event. but no investor would invest the type of -- would invest his or her
-span network. we will take you to a briefing that happened not all that long ago with the janet napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, and the transportation secretary. this is a conference call it happened midafternoon. >> good afternoon, everyone. we are pleased to have janet napolitano. and doctor rick nabb and charlie. we also have a representative from the coast guard. with that, let me turn it over to some opening remarks. >> good afternoon. what we will do with start with the doctor so everybody gets the forecast on the weather and that i will give an overview of response efforts today. that will turn it over to secretary lahood. >> thank you, madame secretary. this is a large and sprawling weather system but it is substantially weaker overall than it had been yesterday. certainly compared to monday and monday night. it is still producing some pockets of heavy rain indiana area, all the way over to new england, new hampshire, and in between some of the mountainous areas. west virginia there is some snow going on. all that will be tapering off by tomorrow, for the most part.
improve over the course of the next few days and yesterday secretary of homeland security napolitano was saying the coast guard is expediting trying to get the port moving as quickly as they can. carl, back to you. >> tom, gas rationing started in new jersey, i believe, today. how is that impacting? are the lines growing or helping things out? >> reporter: no, they're moving very well and i think if i'm not mistaken that's really town by town, melissa, unless you know something i don't. i just asked the police and the guys running the gas station here and they're not limiting people to a certain amount of fuel. you can fill up your tank. they have 30,000 gallons of gas here at midnight and the guy who runs this place says we can get more and more and more all day. they're not worried about running out here at all. do you want me to hold you a place in line? would that be helpful? >> it sounds like some savvy entrepreneur should be saving their point in line. i wouldn't be surprised if it comes to that. >> nice to have you in the neighborhood, tom. >> reporter: nice to be here, guys.
of homeland security, including secretary janet napolitano. matt, they said it is too little, too late, but they need the attention and deserve it. >> andrea canning on staten island. kerry sanders has more on the anger over gas shortages, live over union, new jersey where drivers are waiting for a chance to fill up. good morning. >> reporter: it is a long wait. let's look right out here off the garden state parkway. look at the sunoco gas station. things are pretty good. you take the camera, see how the line extends, you start scratching your head. people are in lines four to five hours. one story of a gas station of people getting there last night at 5:00 p.m. and sleeping in cars. the line goes endlessly. some stations are limiting the amounts of fuel people can get once they get to the gas pump. think about it. people are low on gas, getting in gas lines, can't shut off the engines because it is cold. getting into the mid to low 30s tonight. folks waiting for gas are burning gas. it has a cascading effect. bottom line, one big headache for those getting fuel. the epa lowered standa
janet napolitano. matt, i know they said it's too little too late but this is attention they definitely need and deserve right now. >> andrea canning on staten island this morning, andrea, thank you very much. for more on the gridlock in the street and anger over shortages of gas line we turn to nbc's kerry sanders high below bloomfield, new jersey, where drivers are lined up waiting for a chance to fill up. kerry, good morning to you. >> reporter: and it is a very long wait. good morning, matt. let me take you outside here. we're right off the garden state parkway, and can you see the folks who are line here at this gas station, but look how long that line snakes back. now, there are reports of some people in lines for three, four hours. there's one station where people started lining up at 5:00 p.m. yesterday and are still in line, but look at this. this line goes all the way down the garden state parkway. people waiting to get in to get gas line, so it is one heck of a long line. there has been frustration at some of the gas stations, as you can see. at this station they have police
responsibilities come first, and, you know, he is in constant contact with craig fugate, janet napolitano and all those with responsibility here and is going to monitor this. obviously, it's a very, very concerning situation. you know, in temz of the logistics, you know, we're obviously going to lose a bunch of campaign time, but that's as it has to be, and we'll try and make it up on the back end. so for us it's not a matter of optics. it's a matter of responsibility, and governor romney can decide for himself what he wants to do. >> and there you have david axelrod, chief strategist for president obama just a short time ago explaining how the obama campaign will spend their focus over the next couple of days. what president obama plans to do, but just a short time after that call, the romney campaign put out a statement, and let's just show this very quickly if we can from the communications director saying out of sensitivity for the millions of americans in the path of hurricane sandy, we are cancelling tonight's events with governor romney in wisconsin and congressman ryan in melbourne, and l
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